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Poster: grendelschoice Date: May 13, 2008 8:31am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Another anniversary nod

Had to tout the virtues of this one on its anniversary.

I promised myself I would only choose one May '77 show to give the nod to otherwise I'd be doing so virtually every day of this "best ever" month and year in the band's history.

I decided to select this show b/c it may be slightly under the radar as compared w/the obvious monsters of Cornell, Buffalo, Boston Garden,etc.

As with any show from this month and year, nearly every song is "just exactly perfect." You simply can't go wrong. But I would like to draw special attention here to the SCARLET>FIRE because it is so deserving.

What you'll notice is first, the SCARLET is a perfect blend of precision (no lyrical flubs by Jerry) and hot jamming...the lead-in to the "wind in the willows" verse is a grand build-up to a spot-on crescendo...but unlike most SCARLET>FIRES, this one features a very short transition jam.

Why is this good? Well, because for a change, the band just wants to get right to the business of FIRE, and they do so with a "stay on the beat" intro from Phil that announces the FIRE with authority...(there's also no wailing from Donna which will please, well...almost everyone)...but in lieu of the long transition jam we're treated instead to a lengthy Garcia exploration of the FIRE theme that bounces and pops and weaves and delights, taking its sweet, sweet time, and really lending the song an extraordinary grace and, well....Fire. As with the SCARLET, no flubs on the lyrics and some great jamming from all parties from start to finish.

Hope you'll agree, and enjoy.

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Poster: fenario80 Date: May 13, 2008 12:41pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Another anniversary nod

Good call - thanks. It's getting me through the workday.